Every year in September, the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) holds the largest prostate cancer patient conference in the world in Los Angeles, USA.
The conference, moderated by Dr Mark Moyad, attracts top doctors from around the world to give keynote presentations and separate live Q&A's in breakout sessions. It attracts patients, caregivers and support group leaders and members from around the world.
Details, and this year's program, can be found at:
Last year I did a couple of YouTube videos about the benefits of attending, and how to get the most out of your conference:
6 Reasons to go to a PCRI Prostate Cancer Conference
Get the most from PCRI annual conference
Each year, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA), with which we are affiliated, sends a small official delegation. PCFA, is once again sending an official delegation (Jim Marshall and Tony Maxwell).
Each year several members attend at their own expense. Last year there were six people in the Aussie contingent. Costs this year are USD $132 per night at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel. After the conference there is an optional Warner Brothers Studio tour for USD $60. And, of course, your airfares, etc.
PCRI director, Alex Scholz, has offered to give free registration (USD $120) and access to VIP and Exhibitors events to members of the official delegation.
So, if you are going to go to the conference at your own expense, and would like to be part of the official delegation, reply to this email and let me know, and I will arrange your complementary registration.
A reminder to men and their partners in Victoria about our second meeting for this year.
It is great to put faces to names at our local catch-up meetings and have a chat with other members about the latest treatments.
The RSL would like us to provide an indication of numbers so If you can make it please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barry on 0400662114
We will meet in the coffee lounge in the foyer from 11.30 am onward and move into the Bistro for a leisurely lunch a little after 12.00 noon.
Hope to see you there.
Alan & Barry
Jim/Geoff: Thank you for the replies. I realise treatment is a bit of a raffle and different results are scattered about for every individual to pick up the pieces and move on. Given the fact that I was contemplating no treatment at all I have now accepted the offered plan by my urologist to at least give firmagon a go and see where it leads me, I can always chuck it in the bin if it drives me mad or PSA rises again in a short time. I think the two years guarantee was based on an average weight of results and I understand the odds. I still figure its the way to go for me as a personal trial and a bit like tossing a coin. Lets see what the next two years may bring. Thank you both once again.